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SOS Sunshine Paws Sanctuary

SOS Sunshine Paws Sanctuary is situated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a private shelter for dogs saved from the streets, from the dog catchers, from death and from the Praca public shelter.  In SOS Sunshine Paws Sanctuary there are dogs that were once left to die, maltreated by uncaring owners or people on the streets.  Here dogs are cared about, and they are given a chance to recover and have veterinary treatment.  The aim is to find permanent homes for them through responsible adoption in the UK and other Western European countries and even the USA.

SOS Sunshine Paws Sanctuary is run by rescuer Fata Duric.  It relies solely on the sponsorship of individual dogs and donations from kind supporters.  

Our supporters are incredibly important to us.  Without your help, we simply wouldn’t be able to help the dogs who need us, or carry on providing the care that so many dogs in Bosnia depend on.

The fundraising team is here to raise money to fund the work of the shelter, but we can’t do it without you.

Our supporters help the shelter in many valuable ways – whether it is the giving of your time to organise on-line events, donating money, goods or services, sponsoring, fostering or adopting,   campaigning or spreading the word about what we do.  However you decide to help, we are very thankful and grateful for your support, generosity, compassion and kindness.

SOS Sunshine Paws Sanctuary is a private shelter, rather than a pension, as all the dogs were rescued by us;  people do not pay to keep their dogs there.  This is why your donation is so important, as donations from kind and generous supporters are the only source of income.


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Urgent Winter Crisis Appeal

The devastating news from SOS Sunshine Paws Sanctuary, Bosnia today is that two of the dogs, Leo and Daisy, sadly have succumbed to the extreme cold sub zero freezing temperatures overnight that the shelter is experiencing right now up in the mountains of Bosnia; it is currently around -12C/ 10F. It is much colder than in the low lying Sarajevo & towns. Our worker says that just 5 minutes outside and she can’t feel her face. These latest pictures from the Sanctuary show how extremely cold the weather is.  There is a huge temperature difference up in the mountains - about 10 degrees colder than in Sarajevo. 

This news has shocked us all, not only in Bosnia but also those of us who have just heard about it in the UK and many tears have fallen.

The main building is constructed from thermo blocs and the dogs have thick straw based bedding. Unfortunately, the planned stove for this building couldn’t be purchased as the boiler blew up in the workers building and we had to buy & install a new one there - it is needed for both heat & cooking.

The location and appalling driving conditions mean that a quick & effective source of heat needs to be purchased - we have suggested convection heaters. Our worker needs funds to purchase these as fast as possible. The rescuer is currently in hospital receiving treatment for her illness - she is threatening to leave her bed to save the dogs, but we need her strong & well for the future.

We would like to raise €600 ... £512 to buy some heaters. 

Obviously this will impact on the electric bill in the longer term but dogs lives are priceless.

Please support our appeal.

Thank you.

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